Tag:Oklahoma Sooners
Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Mixed reaction re: Bradford missing OU Pro Day

Despite Oklahoma hosting their Pro Day tomorrow, quarterback Sam Bradford will not be present, according to NFL.com's Gil Brandt.

Bradford's absence isn't necessarily a surprise considering that he had previously scheduled a personal workout on campus for March 25. Still, it generated mixed reactions from scouts I spoke with this morning. 

One, who had previously held reservations about the former Heisman winner, remained pessimistic about the quarterback's reasoning for not attending.

"I wondered how much of a team guy he was before. Now, he isn't going to support his teammates?"

Another scout, however, thought this was taking things too far.

"He's already said he wasn't going to work out tomorrow. If he shows up, he'll just be a distraction from the guys who are (working out). Sure, we all wish he'd be there, but he's taking the time to get himself right and he won't get closer to doing that by sitting on the sideline with pom-poms."

The reality is, Bradford's final draft status will ultimately hinge on the results of te medical tests he took at the Combine and how he performs during his workout... not his former teammates.

On a related note, the belief among scouts is that the next two highest rated Sooner prospects -- DT Gerald McCoy and OT Trent Williams -- will attend the Pro Day, but aren't expected to do anything more than positional drills.
Posted on: February 27, 2010 3:05 pm
 

Undefinable "it?" Bradford has it

Moments after being underwhelmed by Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, I was surprised by how impressive Sam Bradford was in person.

First off, while I felt that Jimmy Clausen looked even smaller than his measured 6-2, 222 he measured in for scouts yesterday, Bradford looked all of 6-4, 236 pounds. He had gained obvious muscle mass in his upper body.

And while not necessarily as comfortable in the spotlight as Mark Sanchez or Matt Stafford were last year, there was no doubt that the former Heisman winner owned the media room with a confidence and ease that will be very attractive to teams.

One of the real questions scouts had about Sam Bradford was his leadership. He appeared so quiet and reserved in prior interviews that I, too, wondered if he had the fire to lead. I had mentioned in a previous blog post about the undefinable "it" that scouts look for at the quarterback position -- a combination of charisma, poise and intelligence.

I continue to believe that Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh is the best and safest player in this draft. He is the player I'd take with the first pick.

However...

Assuming that Bradford can prove his health and is as impressive on his March 25 Pro Day as I expect him to be, I can certainly understand why he's generating momentum to be the No. 1 overall pick.


Posted on: February 26, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2010 3:45 pm
 

Colt McCoy barely tops 6-1

With all of the talk surrounding Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen's size, Colt McCoy may have been the surprise story so far today, measuring in at only 6-1 1/8 and 216 pounds. He had already been considered small by NFL standards, having been listed by the Longhorns at 6-2, 210 pounds. Therefore, in the weight department, McCoy actually may have secured his standing a bit.

That said, at only 6-1, those who question if McCoy has the bulk to handle the punishment of an NFL season will be further concerned -- especially considering his recurring shoulder problems.

Considering that the Super Bowl was just won on the golden arm of a quarterback listed by the Saints at 6-0, 209 pounds, however, some would argue that too much is being made of McCoy's size. Especially considering that while short, Brees' surprisingly large hands have helped him be one of the league's more secure ball-handlers.

Like Brees, McCoy has the hands of a larger man. In fact, his hands (9 3/4") were larger than those of Bradford (9 1/2") or Clausen (9"). Clausen's 9" hands are the smallest of the quarterbacks measured in Indianapolis. 


Posted on: February 26, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: February 26, 2010 3:44 pm
 

Bradford, Clausen rising... literally

Sam Bradford was listed at 6-4, 223 pounds by the Oklahoma Sooners. His slight frame had been one of the concerns for scouts, who questioned whether the former Heisman winner had the build to withstand the punishment of an NFL season.

Bradford helped his own cause by measuring in at 6-4 1/4  and 236 pounds for scouts today. Scouts on hand characterized him as trim in the waist and thicker in his upper body than he'd been previously.

His prototypical frame only adds to the seemingly ever-expanding momentum Bradford is gaining to overtake Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh to be the first pick overall.

Jimmy Clausen also came in bigger than expected, measuring in at 6-2 5/8 and 222 pounds. There had been some talk in league circles that Clausen would come in at 6-1 or less.




Posted on: February 25, 2010 1:41 pm
 

OT Trent Williams offers first Combine surprises

Trent Williams just got finished with his media interview. His answers may have provided the two most significant surprises of the day so far.

For one, he measured in at 6-4 ("and a half") and 315 pounds.

These numbers will ease concerns that Williams won't be able to handle playing outside. Scouts typically want tackles in the NFL to be at least 6-4. His arms measured in at 34. The reports I had received in the days prior to the Combine that Trent Williams would measure in short were obviously mistaken.

Williams' size wasn't the only surprise of his interview. He also expressed that he felt more comfortable playing "on the left side" where he has played "all of his life." Williams, for the record, started all 13 games at left tackle in 2009, taking over for Phil Loadholt. Prior to this season, however, he'd started only the 2008 season opener at left tackle; the rest of his 25 career starts for the Sooners came at right tackle...

Give Williams credit... He struggled early in the year making the adjustment to the left side, but was increasingly comfortable there as the season went on.

I've spoken to scouts from various clubs who feel he can remain on the left side in the NFL. 

 
Posted on: November 28, 2009 2:11 pm
 

Sooners recipients of three early blown calls

The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry is known throughout collegiate sports as the Bedlam series. For three critical plays in the first half of this 103rd meeting between the Sooners and Cowboys' football teams, the moniker certainly applied.

Oklahoma State had the early momentum in this contest and seemed ready to capitalize on it with forced fumbles on back to back plays in the first quarter. On each play, Sooner receivers caught the pass, took two steps and had the ball forcibly removed from their hands. Both plays would have given the Cowboys the ball in Sooner territory. The Sooners, however, retained possession after both plays. Then, only moments into the second quarter, Sooner running back DeMarco Murray appeared to soar out of bounds as he leapt towards the endzone.

The first play, which came on second down, was initially ruled a fumble by wide receiver Dejuan Miller, with the Cowboys recovering the ball. The play was shockingly reversed by the booth. Soon after, a pass from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles was called incomplete immediately, though replay proved that Broyles caught the pass and had the ball forced out. With the whistle having been blown immediately, the Cowboy contigent running down the field was stopped.

Allowed an opportunity to punt, the Sooners took great advantage, as Trent Way booted a career-long 74 yarder, dropping the Cowboys back to their own 7-yard line.

On Murray's touchdown -- which gave the Sooners a 10-0 lead, the referee appeared ready to mark the ball at the one, but changed his mind and ruled the play a touchdown. Though the replay cleary showed Murray was at least a yard out of bounds as he crossed the endzone, the booth ruled the play should stand as called. 

Talk about your home-field advantage...

With a victory over the Sooners, Oklahoma State still has a chance for at an-large berth in a BCS game. The Sooners, on the other hand, at 6-5, are fighting to keep Bob Stoops' string of non-losing seasons intact.

Considering the great ramifications of this game, one would hope better officiating will ensue.

Posted on: October 3, 2009 11:20 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2009 11:20 pm
 

OT Williams deserves a writeup alright...

Oklahoma left tackle Trent Williams will be sliding down draft boards after tonight's performance against the Hurricanes. He's struggled - at times mightily - with the Canes' speedy pass rushers and hasn't been the consistently dominating run blocker his size and hype would suggest. Too often, in fact, Miami defenders have been able to absorb his initial hand punch and disengage.

Williams appears heavier and slower this year than last. Considering that he is making the transition from right tackle to left, if he had planned to alter his conditioning or size for this year, it should have been to get lighter and focus on his footwork. He earned a second round grade last year from the Advisory Committee...

In my last post I mentioned that Williams would be among the prospects I'd be considering for Player of the Week honors.

I can assure you Williams will be among the prospects I write up in Draft Slant, but he's struggled tonight. Quite frankly, Miami offensive left tackle Jason Fox has been the more impressive NFL prospect thus far on this night...

Posted on: October 3, 2009 10:39 pm
 

Oklahoma OT Williams among Slant considerations

As part of NFLDraftScout.com's weekly PDF, Draft Slant, I break down one player of the week, a Diamond in the Rough, and 8 other NFL prospects from the weekend's televised action.

One of the more enjoyable decisions I get to make as part of writing the ten player breakdowns is to determine just which senior prospect deserves Player of the Week honors.

The players I've highlighted thus far this season have been DTs Ndamokung Suh (Nebraska) and Arthur Jones (Syracuse), FS Taylor Mays (USC), ILB Brandon Spikes (Florida) and WR Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati).

I've recorded over a dozen games this weekend and have a decision ahead of me, as Oklahoma OT Trent Williams, LSU WR Brandon LaFell, Florida State CB Patrick Robinson, Boston College OC Matt Tennant, and South Florida DE George Selvie are among the prospects I'll be considering.

Thus far, Williams' size, athleticism and upper body strength have been impressive. He's a bit heavier around the middle than scouts would like for a traditional left tackle. He's been susceptible to counter-moves inside by Miami's quicker defensive linemen -- the same struggles that BYU took advantage of in Week One to pressure (and ultimately knock out) Sam Bradford...


 
 
 
 
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